Getting Started In Audio Typing Work
Transcription work is both challenging and rewarding, and fits in beautifully with your home life.
Whether you’re a work from home parent looking to diversify your workload, or someone with a 9-5 job who wants to make a little extra cash doing freelance work, transcription work offers plenty of flexibility in the role. Transcription is the art of listening to an audio file, and then typing it out word for word until it reads as a meaningful interpretation of the speech or conversation that was required to be transcribed. If you want to get started as a transcription specialist, then read on!
Experience is always useful when setting out as a transcription specialist. Work is usually provided through an agency, or through freelancing sites where transcriptionists bid for jobs. Those with valid experience in transcribing are more likely to win the work, or secure an agency position. However, if you are completely new to transcription, there are other skills that you can bring with you to help convince that you’ll do a great job on the project.
First, you should have a typing speed of at least 50 words per minute, with up to 75wpm required for time-sensitive work. You’ll also need a near-perfect accuracy rate. Remember also that even though you may have a fast typing speed for regular secretarial work, audio typing is more challenging and therefore you may not necessarily be as fast in this discipline.
You must also possess excellent grammatical skills, paying close attention to punctuation and of course spelling. Being comfortable with technology is also important, as audio files are usually encrypted due to the sensitivity of the data contained in them. So experience using SSL authentication would be advantageous, or else a willingness to learn how to use it.
Working From Home
The beauty of working in transcription services is that it fits well into freelance life. There’s no need to commute into an office environment to complete the work. That being said, you’ll need to ensure that your home work setup is free from distractions. So although this is a job that could fit in around family life, you’ll need to be able to concentrate fully on the audio file so it would be best to work at quieter times of the day – for instance, if you have kids then waiting until they’ve gone to bed or are at nursery or school.
The amount of money offered in transcription work does of course vary depending on the client, but on average you could expect to receive 40p-80p per minute of audio recording. Therefore, the amount you can earn each day is very much dependent on how quick you are at getting through the file, but you could reasonably expect £6-16 per hour. Work which is more challenging, perhaps in a tricky sector such as legal, or pharmaceutical may offer work at the higher end of the payment bracket, but you’ll need to be adept at understanding the niche terminology used in the recordings, or at least have quick research skills.
If you think
you have what it takes to be a transcription specialist, then begin by updating
your CV or completing an application firm with an agency. Alternatively, you
could put together a portfolio to upload to a freelancing site. You may need to
start on a lower wage, but if you can demonstrate attention to detail to your
clients, it won’t be long before this could turn into higher-paying, regular
work to fit around your home life!